The real question is how many thoughtful Catholic high school students will be turned off by a church that can treat people this harshly, and how many will walk away before they are 24.
Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon fired a teacher at a Catholic high school from her job when the diocese read the obituary of her mother's death and discovered the teacher was a lesbian.
Sadly, many of our brothers and sisters have either not been properly catechized, have become lukewarm to the faith, or have completely lapsed from the faith yet may still make a claim to a sort of Catholic identity.
In all three cases, there is a common thread: the opinions of the secular world creep in and replace the Catholic worldview to which these people, at one time, purported to adhere.
At another point in the interview, Gates opines, “…
I think what this pope sees is that if we are going to lift people out of poverty, you have to do the right thing for women.” By “right thing”, she, of course, means giving and promoting artificial contraception to women in poverty. How does Gates gauge whether a certain thing or activity is “right” or not?
We call this authority the Magisterium of the Church. The People unfailingly adheres to this faith, penetrates it more deeply with right judgment, and applies it more fully in daily life.” Large numbers of Catholics worldwide ignore the Magisterium on a variety of subjects.
Before we continue, it’s necessary that we understand exactly what this Magisterium is. [T]his Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but is its servant. At the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards it with dedication and expounds it faithfully. Since they ignore and dissent from this “sacred teaching authority”, they are faced with a dilemma.
You're going to have to work overtime and the Holy Spirit is going to have to work overtime to offset the hypocrisy, insensitivity, dishonesty and stupidity of some of your leaders, to offset their capacity, whether they intend it or not, to fan the flames of discrimination and homophobia and cause many young people struggling with their sexuality to continue to feel inferior, rejected and sometimes suicidal.
If our church is left in the hands of these bishops, we are on track to become a shrinking, increasingly irrelevant cult -- not a source of appeal for thoughtful Catholic high school students.